Dozens march to raise awareness against child abuse

Nearly two dozen people marched around the Darlington County Courthouse Square to speak out against child abuse.

Kelli St. Armour organized the local march in conjunction with the national movement, Million March Against Child Abuse.

"It's very important that everybody knows that this is going on. Child abuse happens. It's real and something needs to be done. We all need to come together speak out and bring awareness," said St. Armour.

More than 800,000 children are confirmed as victims of abuse or neglect each year in the U.S., according to child advocacy groups.

This march was planned for April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Carehouse of the Pee Dee and the Pee Dee Coalition offer programs to help raise awareness against child abuse.

"It's so important to spread awareness on the issue of child abuse. And this is how you do it with a grassroots event like this," said Sally Williamson, Carehouse of the Pee Dee.

St. Armour believes through the march, one child may be saved and that someone got the message of what she's trying to accomplish.